New Hampshire wins appeal; Wire Act does not apply to lotteries
By Kate Northrop
The New Hampshire Lottery has prevailed against the US Department of Justice when a federal court ruled Wednesday that the Wire Act does not apply to lotteries, cementing the legality of participating in the state lottery over the Internet.
In August of 2019, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a notice of appeal following the decision by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery in the long-awaite ...
Jan 24, 2021, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum
Man sues New Hampshire Lottery over losing scratch-off ticket
Player claims that Lottery owes him either a gold bar or $750,000
By Kate Northrop
A man from Massachusetts is suing the New Hampshire Lottery Commission following a claim that the Lottery owes him either a gold bar or about $750,000, the approximate equivalent of a standard gold bar's worth.
Robert Martel of Ipswich, Massachusetts purchased a losing My Big Million! scratch-off ticket for $20 at a Market Basket supermarket in Seabrook, New Hampshire in August. However, he's claiming tha ...
Dec 9, 2020, 5:27 pm - Lottery News forum
DoJ files notice of appeal against New Hampshire Wire Act ruling
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a notice of appeal following the decision in June by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) in the long-awaited ruling on last year's revised opinion of the Wire Act by the DoJ.
The notice of appeal reads: Please take notice that all Defendants (the United States of America; the United States Department of Justice; and William Barr, in his official capacity ...
Aug 22, 2019, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery asks Concord to give Keno another shot
Nearly two years after Keno received a sound defeat in Concord, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission is hoping the Capital City will give the game another try.
Commission executive director Charlie McIntyre asked councilors on Monday night to consider asking city voters again on November's ballot whether the Keno603 game should be allowed in Concord.
Concord voters rejected Keno in a 2,249 to 1,723 vote and was one of the few cities to deny the game in 2017. Dover shot it down 1,509 to 1,1 ...
Jul 10, 2019, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire wins Wire Act lawsuit
Federal judge to DOJ: Wire Act only applies to sports betting
New Hampshire has won its lawsuit against the US Department of Justice clarifying the scope of a 1961 federal gambling law.
In a 60-page ruling issued Monday, US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro rejected a 2018 opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel which expanded the Wire Act to broadly cover interstate online gambling. The previous interpretation from 2011 applies narrowly to sports betting.
The judge handed the DOJ a ...
Jun 5, 2019, 6:39 pm - Lottery News forum
DOJ 'did not address' lotteries in Wire Act opinion, Deputy AG Rosenstein says in memo
A new memo from the US Department of Justice says that state lotteries are not at all impacted by the DOJ's reinterpretation of the Wire Act, a development that could mean the end of a federal court case brought earlier this year.
(See New Hampshire sues DOJ over new Wire Act ruling, Lottery Post, Feb. 15, 2019.)
The latest filing from the DOJ can be found below, including a memo signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. There, he talks about the Office of Legal Counsel opinion off ...
Apr 10, 2019, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire sues DOJ over new Wire Act ruling
New Hampshire on Friday became the first state to legally challenge last month's U.S. Department of Justice decision to revise the Federal Wire Act, filing a federal lawsuit that would halt enforcement of the opinion that could keep the state from selling lottery tickets online.
The state is asking a U.S. District Court judge to vacate the 23-page opinion from the Department's Office of Legal Counsel, confirm that the Wire Act does not apply to state lotteries, and permanently keep the Justic ...
Feb 15, 2019, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
NH Lottery considers legal action after U.S. Justice Department questions online sales
The New Hampshire Lottery is contemplating a lawsuit after the U.S. Justice Department deemed online lottery sales illegal.
The New Hampshire Lottery says it had the most successful launch of internet lottery sales in the country last year. Now, it says the move by the Justice Department could cost the state millions in school funding.
We started selling on the internet scratch tickets, Powerball and Mega Millions, said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. It ...
Feb 11, 2019, 8:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules $560M Powerball lottery winner can stay anonymous
A judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown.
Judge Charles Temple noted that the case's resolution rested on application of the state's Right-to-Know law, which governs access to public records for the woman. She was identified as Jane Doe in a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
Temple wrote he had no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, ...
Mar 12, 2018, 3:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Mystery NH Powerball lottery winner gets her prize, keeps her privacy — for now
Payout is anonymous, but winner's identity may be revealed later, pending court case
A woman who sued the New Hampshire state lottery commission asking it to allow her to collect the $559.7 million prize she had won without making her name public collected her winnings on Wednesday, lottery officials said, and kept her privacy for now.
The woman won the fifth-largest jackpot in the history of the multi-state Powerball lottery drawing in early January but began her legal odyssey when she si ...
Mar 7, 2018, 8:41 pm - Lottery News forum